UMBRAL #7, ‘Killing the Sunrise’, goes on sale this week.
Chapter seven kicks off Book Two, ‘The Dark Path’, as Rascal, Dalone, Shayim, and Munty seek safety at a farm far outside Strakhelm. From the solicit text:
Rascal has escaped the Umbral in the city (uh, spoilers?) and now she heads for the mountainous Sunrise homestead.
But even here not everyone is who they seem, and before the dawn a blade will flash in the dark…
It also features a new map, if you’re into that sort of thing. We most certainly are.
UMBRAL #7 is available from all good comics stores with the order code MAY140740, or you can buy it digitally from Comixology and Image Comics. Finally, there’s a preview (including that map!) at Comic Book Resources.
WASTELAND #56 goes on sale this week.
‘The Cry of Mankind’ continues the book’s final story arc, as the countdown to the Big Wet continues, and the scream of a hundred children is heard around the world:
As the last-ever WASTELAND story arc continues, Michael, Abi, and Thomas learn more about the past, their father… and even the inhuman truth about Sand-Eaters! The world speeds toward disaster, and an ancient power is awakened!
You can read a preview of the issue at Comic Book Resources.
WASTELAND #56 is available from all good comic stores, with the order code MAY141503. As always, digital readers can find it at Comixology.
ACID BURNS, The short story I wrote for STARCRAFT II, is to be collected in a new anthology.
I actually didn’t know anything about the transmedia stuff while I was writing the story; barely anyone did, as Blizzard kept it very close to their chests. But my editor there also led the Blackstone project, and liked the protagonist of ACID BURNS, Major Lee Treicher, enough to give her a recurring role in Project Blackstone itself. I presume her other appearances in the Blackstone lore will be included here, too.
STARCRAFT II: WAR STORIES goes on sale July 21, published by Simon & Schuster, with an ISBN of 9781416550914.
In the meantime, you can still read ACID BURNS for free online at the StarCraft II website.
THE FUSE #5 goes on sale this week, as ‘The Russia Shift’ races toward its conclusion:
Two hobos murdered in cold blood. Homeless living in maintenance ducts. A high-flying mayor with a scandalous secret. Unreliable witnesses, lying suspects, and nothing but the cold vacuum of space outside. All in a day’s work for MCPD Homicide… 22,000 miles straight up. Welcome to the Fuse.
This is the penultimate issue of this story arc, and Klem & Ralph’s first case together; next issue concludes this case, and in #7 we’ll begin a new one, called ‘Gridlock’.
You can read a preview of THE FUSE #5 on Tumblr, and the order code is APR140570.
Also, as we’re approaching the end of the first story arc, you won’t be surprised to hear that the first trade paperback collection, THE FUSE Vol 1: The Russia Shift, is now available to pre-order.
It’s 160pp for just $9.99, and will go on sale August 27. The comic store order code is JUN140504, and the ISBN for bookstores is 978-1632150080.
WASTELAND #55 goes on sale this week.
‘Blood of Eden’ continues the book’s final story arc, revealing more secrets about the origin of the Children… and their father.
Michael, Abi, and Thomas continue to discover the truth about the world before the Big Wet — a world on the brink of disaster! Will the arctic team’s discovery help them save the world… or bring about their doom?
You can read a preview of the issue at Comic Book Resources.
WASTELAND #55 is available from all good comic stores, with the order code APR141290. As always, digital readers can find it at Comixology.
UMBRAL Book One: Out of the Shadows, collecting the first six issues, goes on sale this week. If you’ve been ‘tradewaiting’, wait no more; now you can finally read the first part of Rascal’s epic journey through the dark nightmare of UMBRAL.
And if you’re still on the fence, we’ve got an offer for you:
• UMBRAL #1 is now FREE! Yep, you can get the digital version of our first, extra-long issue from Comixology or the Image website for zero of your earth dollars. And it’ll be free right through until UMBRAL #7 goes on sale, in July.
For comic stores, the order code for UMBRAL BOOK ONE is MAR140551. For bookstores, the ISBN is 978-1607069843.
(NB Bookstores will receive their copies of the book a week or two after comic stores, but you can still pre-order a copy at your local bookstore.)
[ADDENDUM: Bookstores and Amazon now have their copies.]
As I mentioned previously, we’re now taking a short break to catch up with our production schedule. Book Two, ‘The Dark Path’, will start in July with UMBRAL #7, ‘Killing the Sunrise’.
THE FUSE #4 also goes on sale this week, as The Russia Shift hits high gear:
The bodies are starting to pile up. None of this case makes a lick of damn sense. Klem has a mysterious lunch date, and Ralph is starting to get ideas… ideas that will kill him faster than you can say, “On your knees, cop.”
I’m especially fond of this cover, by the way. A concept I’d had in mind since the start of the series, and it turned out even better than I hoped.
There’s a preview of the issue on tumblr, and the order code is MAR140574.
WASTELAND #54 goes on sale this week.
‘Ice Cold Man’ is the second part of our final story arc, in which Michael, Abi, and Thomas venture into the dark underground of A-Ree-Yass-I to finally uncover the truth about The Big Wet.
Michael, Abi, and Thomas explore the mysterious shaft — and find more than they could have ever expected! Unearthing the secrets of A-Ree-Yass-I will take everything they have, but at last the truth will be found… and the story of The Big Wet can be told!
WASTELAND #54 is available from all good comic stores, with the order code FEB141361. Digital readers can, as always, buy it from Comixology.
UMBRAL #6: Chasing Shadows goes on sale this week.
This is the final chapter of Book One, ‘Out of the Shadows’, as Rascal tries to escape the Redguard — and the clutches of the Umbral — once and for all, by fleeing the city of Strakhelm completely.
But where can she go, and who can she trust? Even her closest allies harbour secrets of their own…
Note that we’re taking a couple of months off after this issue, to put out the collection of Book One and catch up with our production schedule. Book Two, ‘The Dark Path’, will therefore start with UMBRAL #7 in July.
Meanwhile, the order code for issue #6 is FEB140640, and you can click here to read a six-page preview.
THE FUSE #3 goes on sale this week, continuing the first story arc, ‘The Russia Shift’:
Whoever thought two dead bums could be such a pain in the ass? Now even the Mayor’s office is under scrutiny, but even an old Muscovite like Klem Ristovych knows that’s a whole new bag of hurt to be poking.
And why the hell is Ralph researching terrorist groups?
(Writing solicit text for a series like this is tricky, because it gets released to the public two months ahead of publication. This solicit, for example, went public shortly before issue #1 went on sale. So we have to be careful not to give away plot developments that haven’t even been published yet. If you’ve ever wondered why some series, especially mysteries, often have vague solicits, now you know.)
Once again, we’re overprinting this issue; so, along with the 2nd print of issue #1, and our overprint of issue #2, there’s still plenty of opportunity to catch up on the book from the very beginning. *Cough*
You can read a preview of the issue on the book’s Tumblr, and the order code is FEB140603.
WASTELAND #53 goes on sale this week.
‘Breath of Ghosts’ is the first part of the final WASTELAND story arc, and sees the return of Chris Mitten to monthly duties.
It’s the ultimate adventure for Michael and Abi, in every sense of the word. From here it’s full steam ahead to issue #59, before we close out the series with the issue #60 epilogue.
CHRISTOPHER MITTEN RETURNS to draw the concluding story arc of this truly epic saga! Michael, Abi, and Thomas have found The Golden Sea, just as the Oracle predicted. But will it lead them to A-Ree-Yass-I? And if it does, what will they find? Questions will be answered, secrets revealed… and not everyone will get out alive!
You can read a preview of the issue on Comic Book Resources.
WASTELAND #53 is available from all good comic stores, with the order code JAN141262. Digital readers can, as always, buy it from Comixology.